Today's installment is about this little thing we like to call the "brain-mouth filter." This magical device is situated inside our brains and it keeps the things that are going on inside our heads from coming out of our mouths. The adults* in our program actively use this device on a daily basis. Oh, what our mouths would like to say, but our trusty brain-mouth filter brings to a screeching halt. Here are some examples:
Me: Tez, what do you call the part of your body attached to your ankle?
Tez: (eye roll) Aw man G, that's easy! It's my foot.
Me: Okay, good. Now, what do you call both of the body parts attached to your ankles.
Brain-Mouth Filter: Oh' sweet Jesus help me not lose it!
Me: Tez, the word is feet. F-E-E-T. There isn't an "S" on the end of that word. Now you try.
Brain-Mouth Filter: (sigh) *#$@!
Me: No, Tez. Let's try this again. One of those body parts is called a "foot" (I write it on the board). Some words, when you make them plural, or more than one, you DON'T add "S" to them. You need to change the spelling of the word to make them plural. The word "foot" is one of them. You have to change the two o's to two e's. More than one foot is said "feet" (I write it on the board). Now, you try.
Brain-Mouth Filter: Stupid, stupid, stupid English language (bang head against wall)!
Me: Forget it Tez, it's okay. We'll try again later.**
Me: Darius, please don't start undressing until you get into the locker room. I don't need to see that much of you.
Brain-Mouth Filter: Nor do I want to....
Darius: Aw man Miss G, it's not like you haven't see it before!
Me: That may be true Darius, but I did not ask to see your bare chest, so please put your shirt back on until you get into the locker room (he puts his shirt back on). Thank you Darius.
Brain Mouth Filter: You are sooooo going to get arrested for indecent exposure at some point in your life!
Darius (from the inside of the locker room): MAN! I hate getting dressed in here. It's so claustrophobic up in here. We can't get dressed out there because someone doesn't want to see my giant WIENER!
Me (yelling from outside the locker room): No thanks! I appreciate you saving me from that experience! Good vocabulary though...nice use of claustrophobic!
Brain Mouth Filter: (hilarious laughter) He did NOT just say wiener!?!
I came home from work today to find this flyer in my mailbox. Yup, that's right. Handguns and Rice Krispies my friends. Now, my students can Snap, Crackle, and "Pop" each other over their breakfast cereal! For crying out loud, what is this world coming to?!
*We try to teach the students to use this device too, but they haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet. It's an uphill battle. It doesn't stop us from trying though.
**Tez is a 9th grader that came to us mid-year last year. We have had this conversation many, many,(sigh), many times.
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